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“ASPECTS OF LOVE”
Alan Clarke is never one to shy away from the difficult or different, and this was
no exception. OK.... Aspects works better in an intimate atmosphere, however, the
number of scene changes required were many, and these were accomplished with military
precision by a well-
That said, there were a few things I would have changed, but on the whole it worked well, and the technical side of the production was also well executed.
Musically Sarah Farrar must have had a very hard job as it is a difficult sing, the fact that she and Clare Hood on the second keyboard, had to play throughout, creating moods and sounds, which were all an excellent background, but never too intrusive, was amazing.
There were some good performances, despite the fact there were very few of the cast
who are strong singers, this was indeed a marathon for them – but I’m sure they felt
a real sense of satisfaction at having mastered this work – which was typical of
The cast were well-
Stuart Farrar was a surprise as George, again a difficult sing – but Stuart attacked
it with expression and understanding. I thought Anna Carter-
Frances Hall gave a sympathetic performance as Elizabeth, and the short pieces she
sang were very rich in tone and well-
Paul Rogers, in another different role for him as Rose’s manager, coped well with the part and the concept of only singing never speaking! He was perhaps a little too soft for me, both in voice level and portrayal, but he added much to the dimension of the piece with his understanding of Rose and also of the role.
Reece Lowens played several of the smaller parts, but made an impression in his demeanour,
and what he did sing was very well-
Charlotte Tabert and Allanah Rogers as Jenny, were both utterly charming in looks and in what they did with the part, lovely to see Charlotte on stage, and Allanah never fails to give a good performance. They both had a lightness of touch for the younger girl they were playing, and their voices were both sweet and true. Well done girls.
Alan Clarke took a very small part, but he has a presence on stage that makes him difficult to ignore! – with Luke Howard taking the part of Jerome, a shame we didn’t see more of Luke as again, he brings a good persona to his parts.
So – in conclusion, a show I do not really like, but one which I could appreciate for the performances and technical precision, giving us a good evening’s entertainment, even though I know some people in the audience got a little lost because of unclear timelines. Well done to all the cast.
“ASPECTS OF LOVE” date: 25th July 2014
Little Theatre, Dunstable
Directed by: Alan Clarke MD: Sarah Farrar
Choreographer: Katy Elliott